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Thursday, January 29, 2009

Making a Dress Form

My daughter came to visit and not only found my missing cable needle, but a matching crochet hook. I hadn't even realized I lost a crochet hook.

Today we helped each other make duct tape dress forms. Now I'll have something to hang scarves and scarflettes and scoods on to photograph for my Etsy shop. Seeing my duct tape twin in 3D form was shocking to me though. We don't normally see ourselves in the round and I was a lot rounder than my mind could swallow. In fact right now I have a towel covering the scary thing. I couldn't look at it and eat dinner at the same time. After stuffing the form, my first impulse was to throw it in the dumpster but then I had a vision of some neighborhood kid pulling it out of the trash, putting it in a red wagon and dragging it around the neighborhood.

It's going to come in handy for freeform knitting and crochet. I'll finally have something to pin the little pieces to that is approximately my shape. It's very hard to pin things on to your own back.

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Lost Cable Needle

Yesterday I was knitting on the couch, and wanted to do some cables. So I found my cable needle stuck it in my yarn, and then life sucked me away from my project. It wasn't until this morning I had another chance to work on it. And now the cable needle has vanished without a trace. I have a feeling it's disappeared inside the sleeper couch somewhere. So tomorrow I'm going to have to unfold it and look again. I was so aggravated I didn't even do any knitting today. It doesn't help anything that the cable needle is gold, the blanket it was on is gold, and the couch is earth tones. I hate losing things and I do it with alarming regularity.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

How Not to Make a Hat

I wanted to knit a hat so I got some yarn labeled papaya and set to work. I used double pointed needles, cast on 90 stitches and started doing a 2x2 cable for the brim. About an inch into it, I realized it would be too small for me, almost a little girl's size. So I ripped it all out, and cast on 120 stitches, figuring it would be plenty big this time. I did 4 or 5 rows and it's still going to be way too small. Even worse I don't have 5 needles and the 4 needles won't hold any more stitches. It's maxed out. I'm not sure what I want to do about it. But it's 1 AM so it will have to be a problem for another day.

Tuesday, January 06, 2009


I used some of my birthday and Christmas money to buy more yarn at Joann's during their 25% off sale. This time I took my daughter Heather with me. She bought two shades of purple yarn to knit or crochet a scarf for herself.
I also bought some Celtic Knotwork buttons and some clasps. And I'm glad I got them on Sunday when they were 50% off because we went back there tonight and the sale was over.

Yesterday I started the last sleeve of the confetti sweater. I'm at that stage where I've lost all motivation to finish, and that is a dangerous place to be. It's where a lot of my knitting projects go to die. I can't let that happen this time. If I do, I'll only be disappointed in myself.